What is a Goldendoodle?

Goldendoodle puppyHave you wondered, what is a Golden doodle? It is a bit of a funny name, isn’t it? Well, it is a dog actually. More specifically, it is a cross-breed of dog created from the breeding of a poodle with a gold retriever. It’s a bit weird, huh?

Where Did it Come From?
The original ideal was to create a breed of dog genetically suited to be guide dogs for those suffering from visual impairments. The idea was thought of by North American and Australian breeder in the early 90s. Sometimes the golden doodle breed is referred to as a ‘designer dog’. The idea of a designer dog comes from late Victorians who attempted to cross purebred poodles with various other purebred breeds. Their goal was to create a dog that had the poodle’s hypo allergenic coat and other highly desirable qualities from different breeds.

What are They Used for Now?
Its primary purpose is to be a loveable family pet. It is particularly favored by people who have allergies to animals. The theory is that if a puppy inherited hypoallergenic traits from its parent, it will not affect their allergies. Other applications for their breeding include guide dogs, therapy dogs and assistance dogs.

Why Would You Want One?
If you favored golden retrievers, yet you despised the fact that they shed hairs everywhere, you would buy a golden doodle. It does not shed very much hair. This trait is not in all of the breeds because it is not guaranteed to inherit it from the poodle. As a result, the amount of hair shed will vary from specimen to specimen. The owners will need to edit their grooming methods in accordance with the different coat types. The dogs which tend to shed more hair will require much more grooming than those who shed little. Breeders may claim that gold doodle are completely hypoallergenic, however science has never proven this to be true.

What Do They Look Like?
Due to the nature of cross breeds, the dog’s appearance will vary vastly from dog to dog. They can be different sizes, colors and have different coat types. You can have a straight coat type which resembles a golden retriever, a waxy coat type which is a mixture of the two or a curly coat type, like the poodle.
So do you think this dog may be for you? Maybe if you suffer allergies or simply dislike your floors and furniture getting hair, it truly might be for you.

Looking for a Goldendoodle puppy?

There are lots of good breeders around the country, just make sure you do your research. We have gotten two of our best puppies from Blue Ridge Goldendoodles. Cindy and her family do a great job, having personality visited their place I know these dogs are well breed. Her breeding dogs are in “Guardian homes” which means they are family pets that are breed on a normal, healthy schedule and just before birth the mother is brought over to Cindy’s for labor and to raise the goldendoodle puppies until ready for the new home. These are family pets! Visit their site here



What are the Differences between a Labradoodle and Goldendoodle?

Labradoodle vs goldendoodleYou have decided that you do indeed want to buy a dog, maybe one that is nice, tidy, doesn’t shed and certainly does not make you sneeze! Well there is a breed out there to suit all of your needs…but wait, there’s actually two: the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle.

What is the Difference?
Well quite simply, a Goldendoodle is cross between a gold retriever and a poodle. A labradoodle is the cross between a Labrador and a poodle.

How Different is the Temperament?
If it takes your fancy for a designer dog, you will want to evaluate which type of dog suits your needs. Labradoodles can be a good choice for their temperament. Labradors were often utilized in dog training centers to be guide dogs for the visually impaired. Before the puppy can be registered for this career, it is subjected to a number of imitation tests which can determine whether or not it is suitable to be a guide dog. One of these tests is a stress test. This is when the dog is subjected to loud and offensive noises such as screaming and care horns. A normal dog will usually be frightened at these noises and flee. Of course that would be totally unsuitable as a guide dog. Those that remain calm throughout are the perfect candidates. This advanced stress response is highly desired by pet owner, who like their dog to be clam. As a result, why not have some Labrador in your designer dog?

Which Would Be Best as a Therapy Dog?
The best possible choice for the Goldendoodle would be as a therapy dog. They do not tend to cause trouble when the visit hospitals or other sensitive areas were animal misbehavior would be a taboo. This is not the case for the labradoodles that are highly excitable and would cause a fuss. The Labradoodles are harder to convince to enter into your environment, they will need time to make up their mind about you first.

There you have it. The choice of labradoodle against Goldendoodle is one of purpose. A Goldendoodle would be absolutely useless being put to work as a guide dog because they would freak out at cars and loud noises and flee, leaving their blind person behind. A Goldendoodle would also make an abysmal therapy dog due to its inability to settle itself in sensitive areas were horseplay would be frowned upon.


Types of Coats for Goldendoodles

Goldendoodle in a stanceThe Goldendoodle is surely one of the nicest and most adorable of dogs. It is also one of the most extraordinary. A Goldendoodle is a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever. They are a designer dog, an attempt by a breeder to create a dog which has certain desirable traits. They are adorable and useful, being deployed as guide dogs, therapy dogs and other assistance dogs. However, one of the most famous aspects of a Goldendoodles existence is its coat. There are three variations of them. The decision to choose one or the other is entirely a matter of taste, (and how much it sheds its hair). Read on and learn more about the different types of Goldendoodle coat:

Loose Coats

This is the coat which is found most in the genetics of the English Goldendoodle breed. The production of this coat can be done using any generation of the breeds. It is very low maintenance and easy to groom and care for. The maintenance required for grooming would be to brush it every day in areas of its bodies where they could experience a lot of friction. Places like behind their ears or under their neck, base of their trail and underneath their legs are all prime sports. Doing a full body brush is only necessary once a week. This breed is usually low no shedding.

Curly Coats

This type of coat is more commonly found in F1B and F3 breeds. It occasionally is produced in other generations. They are a higher maintenance breed and require a full body brush every single day. More attention should be paid to high frictions areas like behind the ears, under the neck, the base of the tail and under its legs. Curly English Goldendoodles are considered the least shedding breed of this type.

Straight Coats

Sometimes known as the ‘Sporty’ coat, the Straight coated Goldendoodle is not usually thought to be one of the teddy bear looks. It is very low maintenance and requires very little brushing. Once a week is usually enough for all areas of the body. This coat type is mostly produced in F2 and F2B breeds. They occasionally turn up in others.

So, which one takes your fancy? Do you like them fluffy, curly or straight? Think about what you love and how much brushing your willing to do and take your pick.